History Of Tennis, Rules Of Tennis

By: Bercle George

Tennis is a sport that has been there for hundreds of years. It is believed that the game was first developed in Europe- by European Monks . The rackets and balls utilized in previous game were of varied types. The game was absolutely well-known amongst the monks in the monasteries in Europe. Though, there was an instance when the church was contemplating on banning the game.

However, it was Major Walter C Wingfield who patented the tennis equipment and the rules of tennis game. These rules were almost the same as to the rules of the present rules for tennis. These patenting took place in the same year when tennis courts began appearing in the United States. Within a short span of time ( a year), tennis equipment began making an appearance in other countries outside the US.

This was the time when croquet was the most popular game. To be able to play tennis then, people started making use of croquet courts. They set up the courts for tennis.

Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament, was first realized in 1877. The courts used in Wimbledon then were slightly different from the courts in play today. Though, the rules were generally the same as today.

Tennis Rules

Rules for Tennis were first adopted on 1 January 1924. Making rules and regulations for tennis lies with the International Tennis Federation and it was accompanied by a Rules of Tennis Committee, which periodically monitors rules and make necessary recommendations for any modification, if it is needed. Suggested changes in rules can be on a permanent basis or for a limited trial duration. The board of directors take recommendations and pass it on to the general meeting of the International Tennis Federation for its perusal. The rules are applied only after the members of the general meeting arrive at a consensus.

Rules cover all aspects of tennis such as the size of the court, permanent fixtures, specifications of tennis balls, rackets, as well as the scoring system. There are rules that also manage the service methods, and the various kinds of faults.

Rules also covers (in substance) to behavior of the tennis players on and off the court. There are separate rules for a singles and doubles game. Rules may also vary slightly from one tournament to another. There are various rulebooks that give details of the numerous technicalities of the game to the players, officials and the spectators. Aside from this, from the game, tennis rules also include anti-doping laws to prevent players from taking banned substances.

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